DOING THE RIGHT THING Week 2013 is a nation wide university initiative to focus on a discussion of the foundation of morality, how do we determine what is right and wrong, and what it means to live ethically. These are questions that every college student, indeed every person on the planet, must grapple with as the answers affect government, society, our families, and ourselves.
MONDAY | SEPT. 30, 2013 | 6:30 PM EDT

MICHAEL MILLER, Acton Institute
PHYSICAL LOCATION: Student Center Theater


Michael Miller of the Acton Institute will be speaking at Georgia Tech on the foundation of morality: truth. In a society that elevates relativism as one of its chief values, how can a responsible person face issues that are clearly morally evil?  What is necessary in order to promote true justice?  Can justice even be achieved without objective truth? Join us on campus for an in depth academic lecture and Q & A. LEARN MORE >

Michael Matheson Miller is Research Fellow and Director of Acton Media at the Acton Institute. With some ten years of international experience, Miller has lived and traveled in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He lectures internationally on such themes as moral philosophy, economic development, and social theory, and entrepreneurship. He is a frequent guest on radio and has been published in the Washington Times, The Detroit News, The LA Daily News, and Real Clear Politics. He is the Director and Host of the PovertyCure DVD Series and has appeared in various video curricula including Doing the Right Thing, Effective Stewardship, and the Birth of Freedom. Much of his current work at the Acton Institute involves leading PovertyCure, promoting entrepreneurial solutions to poverty in the developing world. Before coming to Acton, he spent three years at Ave Maria College of the Americas in Nicaragua where he taught philosophy and political science and was the chair of the philosophy and theology department. LEARN MORE >

TUESDAY | OCT. 1, 2013 | 8:00 PM EDT


KELLIE FIEDOREK, Alliance Defending Freedom | RYAN T. ANDERSON, Heritage Foundation
PHYSICAL LOCATION: Cook Campus Center Multipurpose Room


Kellie Fiedorek (Alliance Defending Freedom) & Ryan T. Anderson (Heritage Foundation) will be speaking at Rutgers University on sexual ethics. In an "anything goes" sexual culture why should we even discuss the ethics of people's "private" lives? Are sexual mores grounded in anything besides our desires? As a result of the recent turbulent upheaval of opinion and law regarding marriage are there rational answers to a public understanding of marriage? Join us on campus for in depth academic lectures, a critical response, and public Q & A.

Three questions will be addressed:

  1. Is there a rationale supporting biblical morality by investigating the meaning and purpose of human nature, sexuality, and marriage?
  2. Is there reason to doubt the secular view of sexuality and marriage and are there harmful consequences of a materialistic view of human nature?
  3. Why is religious freedom and freedom of conscience a good for society and are these freedoms marginalized if marriage is redefined.

The format will be as follows:

  • Fiedorek and Anderson will each give a 45 minute presentation.
  • Two opposing professors (not yet announced) will open the Q&A by asking questions and critiquing the views espoused in the presentations (20 minutes).
  • General audience Q&A (45 minutes) LEARN MORE >

Kellie Fiedorek has experience in constitutional law and federal issues related to life and religious freedom. She serves as litigation counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom at its Washington, D.C., Regional Service Center, where she is an invaluable member of the Center for Marriage and Family. Since joining Alliance Defending Freedom in 2012, Fiedorek has focused on providing legislative bodies and organizations with sound legal guidance on legislation pertaining to marriage and family issues. She has drafted numerous legal memos outlining the need to safeguard the constitutionally protected freedom of religion for all citizens if marriage is redefined or civil union bills are enacted. She has also testified before state legislatures across the country concerning the legal impact these proposed changes in state policies will have on religious liberty. A prolific writer, Fiedorek was a contributor to Americans United for Life's (AUL) publication Defending Life and a co-author of AUL’s Constitutional Law and Abortion, a primer for law school students. She also co-authored AUL’s July 2011 report The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood, which helped lead to the current congressional investigation into the abortion giant. LEARN MORE >

Ryan T. Anderson researches and writes about marriage and religious liberty as the William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and a Free Society at The Heritage Foundation. He also focuses on justice and moral principles in economic thought, health care and education, and has expertise in bioethics and natural law theory. Anderson, who joined Heritage’s DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society in 2012, also is the editor of Public Discourse, the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, N.J. Anderson’s recent work focuses on the moral and constitutional questions surrounding same-sex “marriage.” He is the co-author with Princeton’s Robert P. George and Sherif Girgis of What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense (Encounter Books, December 2012). The three also co-wrote the article What is Marriage? in the winter 2011 issue of Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. LEARN MORE >

WEDNESDAY | OCT. 2, 2013 | 8:00PM EDT

The History of American Eugenics: Lessons for the Second Genetic Century | OHIO UNIVERSITY
PHYSICAL LOCATION: Baker University Center, Ballroom A (8 PM EDT)

Noon Panel Discussion: Can We Safely and Successfully Re-Engineer Humanity?
DR. CHRISTOPHER HOOK, Mayo Clinic; Scott Carson, Professor of Philosophy, Ohio University; & Scott Robe, Attorney, Athens, Ohio; TIM SHARP , News Director of WOUB, will facilitate


The end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries saw an explosion of interest in genetics, and a widespread belief that the human future could be improved by the techniques of eugenics. This belief impacted all aspects of American society, including politics (a major component of the Progressive agenda), science, education, medicine, media, immigration policy, law and mainstream religion. The American experiment in eugenics spilled over to other nations, including serving as the inspiration for some of the eugenic laws of National Socialist Germany. Thousands of Americans were forcibly sterilized because of the genetic peril they posed to society and humankind. After World War II, "eugenics" was a name to be forgotten, replaced by the seemingly more neutral term, genetics. Yet, eugenic thinking is still very much alive, and supported by a surprising number of prominent bioethicists today, requiring us to once again wrestle with the worldview presuppositions of our ethics, science, technology, concepts of justice, medicine, politics, religion, and human rights. Christopher Hook, M.D. of the Mayo Clinic, and researcher in the field of medical ethics, will review the history of American eugenics, and raise questions we should be asking as we enter into the second genetic century. Join us for this academic lecture and Q & A. LEARN MORE >

Christopher Hook, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Medicine with the Hematology Division at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota which is an international leader in diagnosis and treatment of blood diseases, and in research to improve diagnosis and treatment options. Hooks particular foci in the field of hermatology is ITP, non-malignant hematology, myeloproliferative disorders, myelodysplastic disorders, coagulation disorders and palliative care. In the field of medical ethics, Hook is actively involved in scholarship and research in the areas of end-of-life ethics, reproductive medicine ethics, genetic ethics, the ethics of biotechnology (including stem cell and cloning research), transplantation ethics, the ethics of new technologies (particularly cybernetics, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence), the philosophy of technology and science, and research involving teaching methods in ethics. He has expressed these interests internally at Mayo by founding the Mayo Clinical Ethics Council, the Ethics Counsultatoin Service, the Ethics Education Committee, the Reproductive Medicine Advisory Board, the DNA Research Sub-committee of the IRB, the Institutional Ethics & Bioterrorism Task Force, and assisting the formation of the Transplantation Ethics Advisory Board and the Psychogenomic Ethics Advisory Board. LEARN MORE >

THURSDAY | OCT. 3, 2013 | 8:00PM EDT

DR. FRANCIS BECKWITH, Baylor University


Dr. Francis Beckwith, Professor of Philosophy and Church/State Studies at Baylor University will be speaking at Texas A&M on common morality, how and why it is known by all people, and whether or not a law giver is needed in order to justify the common law. Pop culture and the new atheism claims that morality is relative, that it is culturally rooted, and that we can have a common 'good' without God. Is this true, or are there ethical imperitives that we truly can not escape? From where do these imperitives come? Join us for an in depth academic lecture and Q&A. LEARN MORE >

Francis Beckwith is Professor of Philosophy and Church/State Studies, and Resident Scholar in the Institute for Studies of Religion, at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He holds five earned degrees including the MA and PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and the Master of Juridical Studies (in law) from the Washington University School of Law, St. Louis. He is the author or editor of over 15 books including Politics for Christians: Statecraft as Soulcraft; Return to Rome: Confessions of an Evangelical Catholic; Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air; and Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice, which was published in 2007 by Cambridge University Press. He has also published over 100 academic articles, book chapters, critical reviews, and encyclopedia entries in a variety of publications. He has held visiting faculty appointments at Princeton University, where served as a 2002-2003 Madison Research Fellow in the Department of Politics, and the University of Notre Dame, where he was the 2008-09 Mary Anne Remick Senior Visiting Fellow in the Notre Dame Center for Ethics & Culture. LEARN MORE >

FRIDAY | OCT. 4, 2013 | 7:00PM EDT

DR. SCOTT RAE, Biola University
PHYSICAL LOCATION: UCI Student Center, Pacific Ballroom C


Dr. Scott Rae, Professor and Chair of Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at Biola University and author of six books, will present at UC Irvine an exploration of ethical issues around the beginning of life. We will address important questions of who belongs in the human community, the rights that belong to embryos, fetuses, newborns and pregnant women, and the role of technology in shaping the discussion. Our society has determined that life is to be valued on a sliding scale and all too often that value is determined in line with our desires and not the needs of the life in question. With abortion and euthanasia readily accepted how are we to approach this issue? Is placing an absolute value on human life possible and reasonable?  A question/answer session will follow the presentation. LEARN MORE >

Dr. Scott Rae is the Professor and Chair of Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at Biola University. His primary interests are medical ethics and business ethics, dealing with the application of Christian ethics to medicine and the marketplace. He has authored 10 books in ethics including The Ethics of Commercial Surrogate Motherhood; Moral Choices: An Introduction to Ethics; Brave New Families: Biblical Ethics and Reproductive Technologies; Beyond Integrity: A Judeo-Christian Approach to Business Ethics; and Body and Soul: Human Nature and the Crisis in Ethics. His work has appeared in The Linacre Quarterly, Religion and Liberty, Journal of Markets and Morality, Southern California Journal of Law and Women's Studies, National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, and Ethics and Medicine. He is a consultant for ethics for four Southern California hospitals.  LEARN MORE >